December 30, 2009

Notes from Around the Web

Benjamin Ivry's superb article on a new exhibit about Romanian-French poet (and critic and filmmaker) Benjamin Fondane (1898-1944) inspired me to revisit the Web site of the museum at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, where the exhibit runs through the end of January. If you read French (I promise not to make French proficiency a prerequisite for appreciating My Machberet), I encourage you to go over and check out elements of the exhibit yourself (unfortunately, this material does not appear to be included among the translated items on the English version of the site).
Inside Higher Ed reports on a panel at the 2009 Modern Language Association convention: "The underlying premise of the panel was that English departments that would never allow themselves to be without experts in the literatures of many racial and ethnic groups in the United States don't think twice about failing to have a knowledge base in American Jewish literature. Further, the view of many here is that discussions about multicultural literature that ought to include Jewish writers simply don't."
The New Jersey Jewish News gives us an extraordinary profile of Peter Hirschmann's extraordinary life (Mr. Hirschmann happens to be a member of my home congregation, and his son and I were Temple Youth Groupers together back in the day).

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